Dyslexia is a specific neurological learning disability and its symptoms usually appear throughout an individual’s entire life. This disability affects every aspect of a person’s life and can vary in intensity from person to person.
Traditionally, dyslexia has been linked to problems reading and writing, however, symptoms can also affect artistic, mathematic and motor skills. In fact, adults often show symptoms such as: difficulties with organisation, time management, recognising addresses, following sets of instructions, remembering important days, dates or names, issues with brain laterality, concentrating, calculating, and many more.
One prominent characteristic of non-diagnosed adults is a tendency to experience mood swings or emotional disorders due to not being diagnosed and the confusion as to what is happening.
Many adults diagnosed in old ages claim that they were commonly considered unintelligent, immature or strange by the people around them as well as themselves.
This feeling and the numerous problems and frustrations lead many people to develop certain strategies to compensate for their disability and be able to study, work… and, in general, function well in their environment.
Determination and effort for overcoming this disability have been and are still essential for those that were born in a time where prevention and attention to learning disabilities were not as available as they are now.
The following video is Inmaculada’s story. Her testimony is very informational about the importance of detecting dyslexia early on.